Production Up, Emissions Down

Production Up, Emissions Down

U-S-A. U-S-A. Wouldn’t it be
great if we gave ourselves credit for doing amazing things that
weren’t sports related? For example, the United States is the
gold medal champ in energy production. At the same time, it is the world
leader in reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Look… we’re not putting the rest of the world down. We just think
everyone should acknowledge that America is providing the
resources that power everything we do simultaneously we’re
reducing the impacts of that energy consumption. Because of
the shale revolution, the United States has increased crude oil
production by an astounding seven million barrels per day since
2010. America’s 12.2 million barrels a day as of April 2018
is a national record. We produce more oil than any other country
in the world and are truly energy secure for the first time in more
than a half century. Like oil, U.S. natural gas production is also
setting records and is a world leader. From 2004 to 2018 U.S.
dry natural gas production grew from 50 billion cubic feet per day
to more than 90. Most of the growth in natural gas is also from shale,
specifically the Marcellus and Utica formations in the northeast
and in the Permian, Haynesville and Eagle Ford in Texas. While all
this dramatic growth in oil and gas was going on, something
equally amazing was happening at the other end of the spectrum—
emissions of all kinds were going down. According to the Environmental
Protection Agency, since 1970 emissions of the six most common
pollutants are down by 71%. This happened while the number of
miles we drive in our cars and trucks increased by nearly 200%.
Our overall energy consumption has been relatively flat even
as the U.S. population has grown by 60 percent and our gross
domestic product is now 275 percent greater. Since 1990
we’ve added 730 thousand miles of pipeline and yet methane
emissions from distribution systems have fallen by at least
70 percent. Come on… you’ve got to admit, that’s some pretty
amazing stuff. We at the Clear Energy Alliance are not all that
concerned about carbon dioxide emissions affecting the climate.
But if you are, the news is pretty spectacular on that front as well.
As our Gross Domestic product has risen dramatically, our emissions
per capita and per dollar of GDP have fallen significantly. Here, too,
America is leading the world. In the electricity generation
sector, carbon dioxide emissions declined by 28 percent since 2005
and more than 4 percent since 2016. Those reductions have mostly
happened because of increased use of natural gas, not wind and solar.
The Energy Information Administration expects that trend to continue,
predicting a decline of 8 percent in 2019. While our CO2 emissions
are headed south, other countries, such as China and India, are
dramatically INCREASING theirs. I know, we threw a lot of
numbers and graphics at you in small amount of time.
You can always watch the video again. The bottom line
is the U.S. is kicking butt in the things that really matter.
So, go watch a game, breath that clean air, and
know the U.S.A. is number one. To the rest of the world we say,
catch us if you can. For the Clear Energy Alliance.
I’m Mark Mathis. Power On.

7 thoughts on “Production Up, Emissions Down

    I think I'll take my 1967 Camaro for a spin. God bless this country, amen.

  2. The greenhouse gas effect is the same as the placebo effect. It is all in people's minds. A canoe built from barbed wire will not float. A greenhouse built from gas will not trap heat. The carbon dioxide created by a campfire does not insulate the fire and make it hotter. It dissipates the heat through convection cooling. A real greenhouse has glass walls that blocks convective heat exchange with the surrounding environment, thus insulating the air inside. Earth's atmosphere has no walls, so convective cooling acts as an escalator transferring heat from the surface of the Earth all the way up to the stratosphere. The commonly used greenhouse gas theory analogy to a parked car’s windshield is therefore false.
    The Democratic Party has given up on real science and promotes voodoo science instead.

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